Saturday, November 22, 2014

Calico Cat

It's so easy and so fun to make a calico cat with Nine Lives. You pick 3 colors of splash. I used orange, papaya and slate. You open the spray bottle tops and touch the base of the spray nozzle to a stamped cat. Repeat until you have as many spots as you want. :) Cut out that cat after the splash dries. On an A1 card base cut from vanilla cardstock, stamp another cat and your sentiment. Glue the "splashed" cat on top. Stamp another sentiment inside and you're done! Wouldn't this make a fun set of notecards for a Christmas present? Simple and sweet!
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This card is in the a muse catalog and we also made it at National Conference. It was designed by the A Muse Studio designers and this is the one I made with my class in October. :)

Have a wonderfully creative day!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Tag Kit!

Check out this fabulous kit! It's available to order on December 1st! Fun stuff!! Available while supplies last!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Give Thanks!

My apologies for the sporadic posts. It is craft fair season and it's also conference season at work. It's crazy! But, I plan to make up for it... eventually. :) So, on to crafty fun. Here's one of the holiday sets that I love - Give Thanks Girl. It's fun to color, the turkey can be masked off for a variety of other holidays and birthdays and such and it's just retro sweet! I made this card for a consultant swap. It's always so fun to see what everyone comes up with for the swaps. There were so many great cards! I might have to share all the swaps in another post.
This card makes me think that it's time to start preparing for the Thanksgiving feast.  I'm making crockpot corn and probably a cheeseball and pecan pie for my contributions to the family dinner. What about you? Do you get assignments from your mom or does one person do it all? I personally like our family potlucks as you get introduced to new recipes and that's always great. :)

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cozy Back and Stazon Silver Metallic Ink

Starry night background stamped in Staz-on Metallic Silver provides the background for this fun Christmas card. The cozy back snowman was stamped in memento tuxedo black in and colored with copics. The polka dots were made with the silver signo gel pen. Those pens are so AWESOME! They are smooth, the ink lasts forever and they give great coverage. Don't you love how it looks on the hat and scarf?! I hand-cut around the snowman but you could use the digi file or the die. A little silver edged organdy ribbon finishes off the look. So fun!
And, here's the inside - a greeting from a handwritten holiday stamped in the staz-on silver metallic ink. Simple but festive. :)

If you'd like to make this card or purchase some stamps/inks/glitter and more for holiday gifts, here's my webstore link: www.amusestudio.com/seleise

Have a wonderfully creative day!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Fall Snowglobe

I love snow globes. I love all the light and flow inside. I made a fall snowglobe with my class in October. It features Thankful for You - great leaves stamped on some toffee cardstock with blackberry, fern and pumpkin inks. The snow globe die is popped up on a fern layer which is popped up on a blackberry layer on a pumpkin base. And, isn't the metallic gold and silver washi great on the blackberry layer?! I love it!

Oh - and it's hard to see in the pic but the snowglobe top is sprayed with golddust splash which gave it a lovely soft shimmery look to make it look like it had been shaken and the gold dust was settling down to the bottom. (that's my story and I'm sticking to it! - lol!)

Here's the inside. More of the lovely ink colors and fall leaves.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Bringing Cozy Back

 I'm bringing Cozy Back with this ADORABLE snowman from the stamp set....wait for it...Cozy Back! Isn't it adorable - colored with copics and glitter added on a silver shimmer scalloped oval. This card made with the a muse clear cardstock has a staz-on snow day background and is also edged in the staz-on white ink. Isn't that great?!
 Here's the inside - a little more glitter and another scalloped oval to hide the adhesive.
And, the inside - a free form snowbank on winter sky along with another sentiment and more diamond glitter (I adore diamond glitter - can you tell? :)!!) There's another winter sky layer on the back of the card to once again hide the adhesive. This card makes me happy and hope it makes you happy too. Clear cardstock is such a fun product and you should take some time to play with it.

You can get 25 sheets of good quality clear cardstock for $14 in my webstore. Check it out here

Have a wonderfully creative day!!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Partial Die Cut Tutorial - Charming Gardeners Notecard

A "charming" partial die cut using Charming Gardeners. I've seen these but hadn't done one myself. What better way to learn than to figure out how to teach it, right? :)
This is an A1 card - 3-1/2" X 5" when folded. I started with a cocoa base, a toffee layer stamped with the hexagon background and a lemon whip layer for the partial die cut.

So, how to make it - the following pics are on orange cardstock so that it's hopefully easier to see how it's done. And, yes, I need to take some goo gone to the back of my dies to remove the washi tape residue. :)
Step 1: Stamp your image on a piece of cardstock and line up your die over the flower. I used an oval from the oval nestabilities. Using a pencil, lightly draw a line on the inside edge of your die on either side of where you want your partial die-cut to go. I did about 1/4" of an inch in length on either side.

This is how it looks when the die is removed. The arrows are pointing to the lines on either side of the flower.
Step 2. Cut straight down from the edge of your cardstock to the inner edge of your drawn lines. Don't cut out from the image. You want to go straight to the line edge because otherwise you'll cut too much from your image to get the effect you want.


Step 3 is to cut around the rest of the exposed image between your two side cuts. Don't worry about being too precise here as you can always go back and clean it up. In our case, we're going to add glitter so the edge won't matter as much.

Step 4. Slide your die back in place going behind the part you just cut out and lining up the inside of the die on the lines you just drew. Use washi tape to hold it in place before running it through the die-cut machine. I used the Grand Caliber but it will work on any die-cutting machine you have.

Here's another view with the full oval shown.

Step 5. Run it through the die machine and remove the die and voilà! A partial die cut!

This is what it looks like once it's cut. Notice that the scissor cut goes to the drawn line which is lower than the die cut. That's okay - it's right next to the image so won't show when glued down. Carefully erase the pencil lines and continue on with your card. Isn't that fun? And, it's easy once you do one or two. :)
So, here's the front again. I added lemon whip glitter to the flower petals and then stamped and glittered on the inside as well.
I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. Have fun making your own partial die-cut cards!



Have a wonderfully creative day!